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By Decisive Tactics, Inc.

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Serial is a modern terminal emulator designed to make working with servers, network equipment, and embedded hardware easier for engineers and system administrators.

For system administrators, Serial supports the all-important break sequence required when working with routers and switches. Serial also includes a full-featured terminal emulator, allowing you to work with the screen-based menus found in network equipment and Unix programs including the text editors vi and emacs.

Makers and engineers will appreciate Serial's built-in support for embedded devices including the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and thousands of others. Serial includes several useful features for working with these devices including the ability to reset an Arduino, and the ability to connect to a BeagleBone over USB directly or through it's on-board serial header.

Finally, Serial supports several of the most common USB to serial adapters WITHOUT requiring drivers, often saving you the hassle of finding and installing additional software.


- Full-featured xterm, linux, and ANSI/VT100 terminal emulation
- Works with USB to serial adapters and devices that use USB to serial chips internally
- UTF-8 character set support
- No system drivers required for many of the most common devices
- Bluetooth serial support
- USB Communication Device Class (CDC) support
- Break support required for routers
- Line-buffered send mode
- Text pacing options
- XMODEM and YMODEM file transfer support

What's New in Version 1.1.8

- Fixed issue pasting text into a terminal window
- Added keyboard shortcuts for window switching


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Customer Reviews

Good APP, pricey… but you get what you pay for

I stumbled across this app from post on forums. There is a free trial available of this software on there website. If you are worried about cost, download the trial first and make sure your serial adapter is supported. I am using a cheap Prolific PL2303, my expensive keyspan usb to serial did not work with this software (no fault of the developer). It appears that device is no longer supported on any OSX past Lion.

I have had no issues with this software it has a very easy to use interface. I have tested it with supermicro motherboards, dell switches and cisco routers.

Has the option to press the “Break” key under the “Terminal” Tab (essential when working with cisco devices).

Mac only

Just works great. I always prefer Mac only software, as the developers usually take the time to do it the right way. That really is the case here with Serial! I hesitated about the cost, but bottom line, I needed something that worked, when I needed, with out any setup hassles.

Great work!

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  • $29.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.8
  • Size: 1.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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